Interviews with Stephen Sondheim, The Declaration of Independence, & More

Interviews with Stephen Sondheim, The Declaration of Independence, & More

Watch these videos just added to the Library of Congress website.

Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

These interviews with Stephen Sondheim were conducted in his New York home for six-and-a-half hours over three days in 1997. With his music manuscripts at hand, they are a deep dive into his compositional process, though the conversation is wide-ranging, touching on many aspects of Sondheim’s career and craft.Ayiti Re-imagined: The First Black Sovereign Nation

The interview series, “Ayiti Re-imagined: The First Black Sovereign Nation” will serve as a companion to a libguide being produced to draw public attention to the rich resources available for scholars on Haiti, centralize the information online, and broaden awareness of Afro-Caribbean materials in the Library of Congress’s collections. This libguide and webcast will serve as resources that connect the Library with an emerging audience discussing Haiti’s history, its representation in the media, and its positive impact on black sovereignty in the Americas.

Building Africana Collections and Connecting to Researchers, with James Armstrong

Join us for an interview with James Armstrong, who was the Field Director of the Library of Congress Nairobi Office from 1977-90; and subsequently of the Offices in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Islamabad, Pakistan; and Jakarta, Indonesia from 1992 through 2005.

Paganini and Maia Bang Hohn

Melissa Wertheimer presents and discusses items from the Library’s Paganini collection. This talk also includes information on the collection items from the violin pedagogue Maia Bang Hohn.

From the Vaults: New Videos

In this segment of From the Vaults, we discuss a landmark document in American history, John Dunlap’s printing of the Declaration of Independence on the night of July 4, 1776. On the morning of July 5, printed copies of the Declaration were dispatched by members of Congress to various assemblies as well as to the commanders of Continental troops. We also discuss the formation of this foundational document, and how it arrived at the Library of Congress.

In this segment of From the Vaults, Amanda Zimmerman and Stephanie Stillo discuss how the Aramont Library led them to the Black Sun Press, an early twentieth-century publishing venture dedicated to the early works of post-war, “Lost Generation” authors.

In this segment of From the Vaults, we examine early twentieth-century Sangorski & Sutcliffe bindings in the Aramont Library. This webinar explores everything from leather bound gentlemen’s bindings to an exquisitely bejeweled “Raven Binding” in the Aramont Library.Conversation with Bennet Konesi – Work Songs From MaineBrother Arnold Hadd, one of those members, actively carries on the 200-plus-year oral tradition of singing Shaker songs. Brother Arnold has been collaborating with American composer Kevin Siegfried, whose choral arrangements of Shaker songs are frequently performed by modern vocal ensembles. 

The Soul of Black Identity: Artist Interviews of the Post-Soul Era

This collection presents more than 75 interviews in which leading figures in music, theater, film and television, dance, literature, comedy, and the visual arts discuss their careers and identities as Black artists.

WHUT Collection

The WHUT Collection includes nearly 250 programs and segments from the Emmy Award-winning WHUT-TV public television station, located in Washington, D.C., on the campus of Howard University. WHUT, earlier known as WHMM-TV, was the first public broadcasting station to be licensed and operated by a historically Black college or university. 

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